Hi, We are TopVendor &
We love the wedding industry

WHAT IS OUR PLATFORM ABOUT?

Our wedding industry is filled with numerous talented vendors. Nobody understands how hard our industry works as much as we do! We wanted to create a platform where wedding vendors could receive recognition and showcase their creative work and achievements. This is how TopVendor Wedding Awards (TWA) was started and why we are so passionate about it.

We are working hard and trying our best to create an platform that is respected, exciting and useful in our industry. We are passionate about growing the South African wedding industry. TWA wants to inspire vendors to be the best in their profession, bringing together the wedding industry’s top professionals. We want to create one place where vendors can showcase their work, compete online with their peers, receive recognition, grow in their field and build relationships with one another at our networking sessions.

WE BELIEVE IN

  • South Africa’s talented wedding industry
  • The importance of providing quality service to clients
  • Recognising, rewarding and showcasing excellent work
  • Setting benchmarks to inspire excellence
  • The power of working together and learning from one another
  • Fair and friendly competition between peers

WHAT WE DO

  • Create a platform to recognise and showcase the most creative individuals in the country.
  • Members can also enter our online competitions and become part of the business and attribute awards.
  • Using market research and expert feedback from the top players in the wedding industry we provide selection criteria for entry into the various award categories
  • Our awards provides fantastic recognition to our participants, as the public, the industry, your fans, and other participants fans can support and vote for you!
  • Organise networking sessions for our participants, to meet new industry friends and learn from each other.
  • Generate media awareness and publicity for the achievements of our participants and sponsors

HOW DOES OUR
AWARDS WORK?

Becoming one of the participants will provide you with a platform to compete and showcase your business and work with our online competitions. Submitting your work for public scrutiny is never easy and we admire all our participants who has had the courage to do so! Whether you are a participant, finalist or winner in our awards, our main aim is for the public and industry to see your work and that our platform becomes a great resource for couples to use when planning their weddings.

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BUSINESS

  • Enter your BUSINESS portfolio into a specific subcategory.
  • Each award subcategory has limited space.
  • Qualifying criteria determine the subcategory you are eligible to participate in.
  • ONE registration period - (SEPT 2016- MID JUN 2017).
  • ONE voting period - STARTS JULY 2017.
  • The Public awards the winners by voting for their favourites online.
  • What is important here is the industry and public opinion of your work and business, and your clients’ experience of the service you provide.
  • The WINNERS will be announced online and celebrated at our end of the year celebration.
  • Membership includes one entry into a subcategory, online profile with photos, description, web links etc.

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ATTRIBUTE

  • Enter a specific ASPECT of your business that you excel in and that you want to highlight.
  • For example, a Floral Stylist could enter a recent wedding floral creation or a photographer could enter their best wedding album.
  • The aspect needs to be visual as you will be submitting photos to be judged.
  • Relevant & recent work (that satisfies the selection criteria) can be submitted up to two weeks prior to a voting period.
  • Throughout the awards year, there will be attribute competitions and each competition will have different categories.
  • The public will vote for their favourites and the entries with the most votes in each category qualify for the final round where our panel of judges will select the winners.
  • The WINNERS will be announced online and celebrated at our end of the year celebration.
  • Entry fee includes one entry in one of the attribute subcategories, business name listed with logo, website link.

WHY IS THERE A MEMBERSHIP FEE?

It is standard protocol in many industries to charge a nominal membership fee. Paying for the membership fee will never affect the outcome of the awards as winners are determined by the rigorous client voting system and our broad, diverse and expert judging panel.

We feel that our membership fee is a great investment to make in light of the considerable advertising/marketing value that is offered in return via TWA. Every platform and awards system needs to be funded to be sustainable, whether it be through advertisers, sponsors, entry fees or a combination of some or all of these things. From our extensive research prior to setting up the awards and experience the last three years, we believe a nominal membership fee is the fairest way to ensure a level playing field for all entrants. It ensures that smaller businesses can compete fairly with larger, more established companies.

We are often criticised about the membership fee and that the awards can only be fair if EVERY single wedding vendor in the industry is a participant. It might also seem unfair that the fee will not allow some wedding vendors to compete. If TWA attracts 500 entries (not even close to every wedding vendor in the country) that doesn’t mean that the TWA is unfair. With or without an membership fee, there will always be some vendors who choose not to enter the awards for various reasons. Many vendors, for whatever reason, choose not to enter TWA and an membership fee does not alter the situation.

The key to fairness are the voting and judging processes. The TWA voting and judging processes are rigorous and fair to all involved and this is at the core of what we are trying to do. An industry awards system where every wedding vendor is involved is unrealistic but this does not mean that an awards system that does not involve every wedding vendor (for whatever reason) is unfair.

HOW TO BECOME OF OUR PLATFORM

Follow these simple steps to join the TopVendor extended family...

Become a member

  • We love our wedding industry and would love to showcase your business and creative work on our platform. Once you pay the once-off membership fee, you are a member of our platform. As a member you will receive an online profile to showcase your work.

Create and complete your company profile

  • Send a description of yourself and your business.
  • Send your contact details and web links.
  • Provide us with recent photos to showcase your work.

As a member you can enter our awards

  • If you are interested in our online competitions, you can enter your business and an specific aspect of your work. (Being a member does not guarentee entry in the awards as their are selection criteria for categories)
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Register for the 2016 Awards

  • Pay the membership fee for your awards year.
  • Send us your details
  • Receive your TopVendor branding badges to brag about your new entry.

Voting

  • The first rule of voting is DO notify your fans and followers - If your fans don't know when and where to vote, they won't be able to and you might miss the chance of winning.
  • We arrange media coverage, press and prizes to grab the publics interest and encourage a good turnout at the polls.
  • All relevant information about the voting will be provide to you well in advance.

Industry Party

  • We will have a industry event to celebrate the year!
  • Be sure to clear your calendar and book your tickets (ticket price to be confirmed at a later date) for this glamourous event.
  • Put on your best outfit and enjoy an amazing evening of celebration with us... can't wait to see you there!

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